Daily Archives: January 9, 2014


by Hope Larson

Overall: 2 out of 5 stars

Discussing Smile and Drama with coworkers led to musings of read-alikes and we discovered that our library doesn’t have many realistic fiction graphic novels for 5th graders. One that we do have, though, is Chiggers.

Chiggers tells the story of a girl, Abby, who is back at her sleepaway summer camp, but with many changes. One of her old friends is now a counselor assistant and her bunkmate is a strange new girl who claims she was struck by lightning. Abby and the new girl, Shasta, don’t get along at first, then they do, then they don’t, then Shasta gets kicked out of camp. I’ll be honest, I had trouble following this story, as I do with many black-and-white graphic novels, partly because the characters all looked alike. I also just didn’t really care for the storyline, the back and forth with the new girl. I’m not really sure what the point was. Also, Shasta gets kicked out of camp for not taking her medications, but it’s never explained what she takes, which leads me to believe (along with some other clues) that it’s an antidepressant. That might go over a young reader’s head but if not, just fyi.